FA face Non-League "revolt" as 20 clubs unite to change decision to scrap season

The FA have been warned they face “a revolt” from semi-pro clubs after their season being cut short.

More than 20 clubs from tier seven and below are set to unite in a bid to force the FA to change their decision to strike this campaign from the record books.

South Shields chairman Geoff Thompson has revealed “tempers are high” and spent yesterday fielding calls from owners across England ready to protest.

Competitions below the three National Leagues were cancelled on Thursday with results “expunged” as a result of sport’s coronavirus shut-down, with no promotion or relegation.

South Shields were 12 points clear at the top of the Northern Premier League and almost guaranteed to be in the National League North, the sixth tier, next season.

They are leading a demand for the FA to “change their rule book” and want this season is decided on points average per game, with promotions awarded.

Thompson said: “More than 20 clubs have already contacted me from all over – Leicestershire, the North West, the South Coast…. there is a swell of opinion that what has been decided is wrong.

“We have not given up hope that this will be revisited and overturned. We will fight as hard as we can.

“There will be a revolt from fans and everyone in the football family. The whole fabric and integrity of the league system and the pyramid is challenged by this.

“Will they do this to the Premier League and EFL?”

Clubs have appointed lawyers to scour FA regulations to find grounds for appeal.

A statement from the Mariners highlighted the complex issues that voiding leagues at the semi-pro level have caused.

Thompson said: “It is our strong suggestion that the FA rule book is amended, so that such injustices do not occur. What if another season is hit by a virus?

“We strongly disagree that they should be consigned to the history books.

"There are fairer ways – applying a points-per-game ratio to the standings and potentially promoting those in promotion positions and sparing those in relegation spots, leading to some leagues being slightly larger in number the following campaign.

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